After the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, men are travelling to Madonna di Campiglio for the 14th race and 3rd Slalom event of the season. This night slalom race will be the last event before Christmas break for men.
In the last race in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning his 5th race of the season, which was also his 63rd World Cup win his career. This now officially makes him the most successful Austrian alpine skier of all times, surpassing Annemarie Pröl-Moser and climbing to the 3rd place in all-time rankings. He finished the race with a total time of 1:54.98, which was 0.38s faster than 2nd placed Meillard Loic and 0.47s faster than 3rd placed Henrik Kristoffersen. The 2nd placed Loic Meillard finished 2nd in both events; Giant Slalom and Slalom, which were his first 2 podiums of his career. He could continue with his momentum and finish on the podium or even win in today’s event in Madonna di Campiglio as he has proven to be one of the top contenders in the Slalom and GIant slalom events this season. On the other hand, Kristoffersen finished on the podium for the 11th time in a row in slalom events. We could argue that the mistake he made in the first run cost him a better placement, however, a 3rd place is still a good finish from this Norwegian skier. Men are now getting ready for the last race before Bormio on 28th of December where they will compete in Downhill and Super-G race a day later, on 29th of December, which will also be the last 2 races this year.
Madonna di Campiglio is a village and a ski resort locates in the northeastern part of Italy. The village lies in Cal Rendena at 1.522m (4,993ft) above sea level. The ski arena regularly hosts World Cup alpine skiing as well as snowboarding races. In addition, the village hosts Scuderia Ferrari Formula One, Ducati Corse in MotoGP, Stella Lapina Rally, it’s the location for the finish of Giro d’Italia race and more. In the Slalom Race last year in Madonna di Campiglio, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning only 0.04s in front of 2nd placed Luca Aerni and 0.05s in front of Henrik Kristoffersen. Both Hirscher and Kristoffersen have stood on the podium here 3 races in a row. Out of these 3 times, Henrik Kristoffersen won twice, whereas Marcel Hirscher won once.
Will Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen once again battle for the 1st spot or will we see Loic Meillard joining the battle for the win?
After winning his last race Marcel Hirscher has become the most successful Austrian skier in history, surpassing Annemarie Pröll-Moser with his 63 World Cup wins in his career. This also places him 3rd in all-time rankings, behind Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Not only is he now the most successful Austrian skier and 3rd best in the history of the sport, but Marcel Hirscher is also the first and only skier to achieve 14 wins in a single calendar year, and with 3 more races ahead of him, he could potentially make it 17. In his career, Hirscher has won 29 slalom races, most recently in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. At Madonna di Campiglio, Hirscher won in 2012 and last season, With a win here, he would become one of the 4 skiers to win 2 successive World Cup slalom races in the Italian ski resorts and the first man to win the first 3 slalom races of a season. All in all, Hirscher has proven to be a strong competitor for the first place in every Slalom race and we do believe he is a favourite to win here as well. With surprisingly high odds on Pinnacle (1.69) we will take the bet.
Henrik Kristoffersen has finished on the podium in the last 11 World Cup slalom races, which is only 1 shy of reaching the men’s record, currently held by Ingemar Stenmark. With his 14 World Cup slalom wins, he is also only 1 short of reaching the 4th place in all-time rankings among men. With 14 wins in slalom, he is also 2nd best Norwegian skier looking at the number of wins in a single discipline. Current leader: Aksel Lund Svindal with 17 wins in Super-G. As for this venue, Henrik Kristoffersen has won twice; in 2015 and 2016 but was beaten by Marcel Hirscher in 2017 who denied Kristoffersen reaching 3 consecutive wins at Madonna di Campiglio. We might once again see Kristoffersen and Hirscher competing for the top spot and I do not believe there will be a huge margin separating them. Kristoffersen performed well in the last race but a mistake he made in the 1st run cost him a better finish.
Felix Neurether has collected a total of 37 podium finishes in slalom races which is only 1 shy of reaching Benjamin Reich at 6th place of all time. At Madonna di Campiglio Neurether has won once, in 2014, which was his 8th win in Slalom events. Up until now, Felix Neurather has won in 13 events, 11 out of which were in Slalom races, 1 in Giant Slalom and 1 in Parallel Slalom. The last time he finished on the podium was on 12th of November 2017 in Levi, where he won but failed to do so ever since. Despite high odds offered on him, we do not believe he is in a form to compete with other athletes like Hirscher, Kristoffersen, Meillard and others.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Outright||Marcel Hirscher||1.689||1.44||1 Unit||Lost|
|Winning Margin||0 to and including 0.19s||/||5-00||1 Unit||Lost|